Born with Wings – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu
We are pleased and relieved that the Second Edition of my magical realism novel is now available as an ebook on KDP and, in printed format, published by Gatekeeper Press, USA, at all major retailers, including Amazon.com and Amazon Europe; Baker & Taylor (a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers); the Internet’s largest bookstore, Barnes & Noble; Ingram Content Group, which is the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital content, delivering worldwide to retailers, bookstores, libraries schools and, of course, readers! And, lastly, NASCORP (the National Association of College Stares). YAY!
A magic mountain. A mysterious book hiding a secret. A horrific beast on a spree of destruction, leaving scars of death on an ancient wisdom tree. All awaits discovery in ‘BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu’, an inspirational novel that mixes mysticism and the mundane natural world in an unforgettable adventure time for your soul.
When our story begins, we dive into the mystery of existence as it draws us into a space of trust and love, a universe where we know who we are and have free choice to create and explore. It is here that our strong female protagonist, Anata, chooses her future life as an orphan bird, but when she literally falls from heaven to earth at the feet of a wayward girl and her talking cat, and their journey together begins, her memories disappear.
Born with wings yet, ironically, unable to fly and feeling abandoned by family and loved ones, she soon locks eyes with her mortal enemy, Charlot. This is no coincidence. Like a shadow, he has been following her from the afterlife since time immemorial, determined to crush her soul. As the tension between them builds towards an explosive crescendo, fear tells her there’s no escape but, impossible though it seems, deep in her soul she knows there is . . .
Set in the mystical landscape of the Western Cape coast of South Africa, the touching, hilarious, wildly romantic human-animal relationships in ‘BORN WITH WINGS’ awaken a sense of mindfulness and guardianship for the Earth that will leave you inspired and longing for more.
Poignant, funny, and beautifully written, it is an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery, spiritual growth, and personal transformation that will leave you inspired and longing for more.
If you liked Jonathan Livingston Seagull, you’ll love Piu Piu.
‘This story will delight the child within adults, and younger audiences, too, who yearn to explore the greater mysteries of a multidimensional universe.‘ – Robin Gregory, Award-winning Author of ‘The Improbable Wonders of Moojie Littleman‘.
‘A magical journey where the enigma of Life and Death are explored. An excellent debut novel!’ – Dr. Inga Karetnikova, Critic, Film Historian, Author of ‘Seven Master pieces of 1940s Cinema’.
‘The concept of immortality and reincarnation beautifully incorporated into a novel – uplifting, serene, sensitive and comforting.’ – Violette de Gaulle, Poet
‘One of the most unique stories I have ever read.‘ – Karen Moore, Writer
‘Get it today and fall in love with Piu Piu! – Rev. Leszek Kudla
Reasons for a Second Edition
You may ask why a second edition was published – was the text changed? No, that wasn’t the reason, however, working your way through the publishing jungle as an independent author isn’t easy – and doing this without living in the US and having access to quick answers and the experts is much worse and a steep and, sometimes, painful, costly, and vastly time-consuming learning curve! Let me share the main points as they may help fellow authors to avoid the thought traps or to simply test even more than you already did:
- The number of pages influences the price of the print book
In pre-digital times I designed books for authors, artists and architects, where ‘the white space’ was always an important element. Pages had to ‘breathe’. Ah yes, l’art pour l’art . . . well, I love it! And that’s how the book was designed – all 358 pages! I really put my heart in creating a beautiful book and was happy with the printed edition!
Obviously, it was no problem as an ebook . . . and it was no problem in Create Space (Print on Demand). They are great! But once I was set up with Ingram, the price via POD (Print on Demand) went suddenly through the roof. Create Space adjusted the price due to price-matching – and that was it! It was such a shocker that it completely stopped the flow. Literally!
The solution: either split the book or redesign it with a different font.
That’s how the idea for a Second Edition was born. And as I had to go that painful extra mile anyway – a ‘brave decision, but the right one’ a fellow author commented – I went through everything once again, checking on what could possibly still be improved. And that’s when I got to the title!
- Test the title – and test it again!
Although the title “The Immortal Life of Piu Piu” was tested and seemed (and still seems) perfect for me and most of my readers, I noticed with amazement that, especially during presentations and webinars when the book was discussed by the host, that they had problems pronouncing ‘Piu Piu’ (from pew-pew)! Besides the fact that the name ‘Piu Piu’ is a cherished figure in French literature, and that I explain the original clearly in the book, the fact is that too many people in the US have problems with it, never mind retain it. And you want a title people can remember. And the biggest market is the US.
So I tested it again . . . this time with many people and authors who do not know the book. Most even didn’t know me! After coming up with a new title I could live with, especially, as it was even quoted in the story, the same cover with the new title was designed and then offered to be compared.
The result? Well guess what . . . it was 100% for ‘BORN WITH WINGS’!
BOLD is what the market dictates. . . and that’s when an author has to have the guts to put on the publisher’s hat and see with the readers’ eyes. It’s when I remembered that when I designed books for a large German publishing house, they actually always had a separate company to do the covers. And the author was NEVER happy! Which I understood, of course! But as authors we have a message to share and want our book in many peoples’ hands. This only happens if the title stands out and can easily be retained.
- Is the description strong enough?
Yes, your description is important and should be reviewed and improved from time to time. As authors we are often too close to the material, we lack distance and a different perspective. But that changes after some time and it’s fun to come up with totally different angles.
Finally, everything has improved and the reformatted book – now 236 pages – looks stunning! Amazing what a different page setup and font can do – and the impact this has on the price.
“BORN WITH WINGS – The Immortal Life of Piu Piu!”
- Tip to fellow authors:
As this book is very close to my heart, a limited edition was printed exactly the way I wanted it. I love the illustration on the cover, the fine elegant font, and the title. No one can take it away. Do this for yourself!
If one day you have to put on the publisher’s hat and listen to what people want, it’s easier to let go and make the changes. And accomplish them so well . . . even excel! . . . that you see the merits from the other perspective! After all, if you work with a traditional publisher, you have little say regarding the title.
So – while both editions are available on Amazon and KDP – and only there – my recommendation is to get BORN WITH WINGS! Besides . . . it contains an amazing gift . . .
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